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Graduating docs urged to abide by their oath

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GUJRANWALA: Graduating doctors in a group photo with the chief guests after receiving degrees from Dr. Attiya Mubarak, Dr. Javed Akram, and Dr. Maroof Aziz at the conclusion of 5th Convocation of Gujranwala Medical College, here Saturday. - Staff Photo

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GUJRANWALA: Chairperson Punjab Healthcare Commission Prof. Dr. Attiya Mubarak Khalid has asked the doctors graduating from Gujranwala Medical College to abide by their oath, treat the patients kindly and provide all possible treatment facilities to the patients coming for their treatment at public hospitals.
She also urged the young doctors to sincerely consider each patient equally important and try their best to mitigate their sufferings and pains. She said that after joining the medical field, the responsibilities of the young doctors would increase a lot and now they have to face the challenges of practical field wholeheartedly to pay back to this country and meet the expectations of the people. She further said patient service and compassion must be our motto.
She expressed these views while addressing the fifth convocation of Gujranwala Medical College as the chief guest.
Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences Prof. Dr. Javed Akram, Principal Prof. Dr. Maroof Aziz Khan, Vice Principal Prof. Dr. Nudrat Sohail, Dr. Ayaz Khalil, MS Dr. Fazlur Rehman, Dr. Shehzad Hussain, faculty members, parents and students attended the convocation. Secretary Health Punjab Dr. Ahmed Javed Qazi also participated in the convocation through video link.
She further said that by being associated with this department we can get the benefits of this world and the hereafter and treating the patient with kindness and laughter is no less than goodness.
Addressing the convocation through video link, Health Secretary Punjab Dr. Ahmad Javed Qazi said that compassion for the patients, patriotism and sincere discharge of duty is the identity of a true doctor and our country can become even better only if we start reducing gap between our words and deeds.
He assured that all possible funds would be provided on priority basis for the machinery, equipment and other necessities required for the hospital and college so that this college and hospital could be made the best and model hospital of the province.
Addressing the function, Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences Prof. Dr. Javed Akram said that the government spends about Rs. 10 million on each doctor studying in public sector medical colleges however, the current situation is that only 17% of women take up the medical field after becoming a doctor, largely due to societal attitudes that need to be changed.
Gujranwala Medical College Principal Prof. Dr. Maroof Aziz Khan said that due to continuous improvement in the quality of higher education, this college has become one of the best colleges in the country while the Punjab government is also providing substantial funds for the college and its affiliated hospital.
He said that last year also the Punjab government had provided funds of Rs. 1.70 billion for a 500-bed hospital and college and soon all the departments of the hospital would be fully operational. He said that it is the responsibility and moral duty of all of us to ensure the provision of best medical facilities to the patients with the spirit of patriotism and service to the people.
At the convocation, MBBS degrees were awarded to 130 graduates of 2019 and 2020. Dr. Maryam Najeeb and Dr. Shaista Tahir won 8 and 7 gold medals and were declared best graduates for 2014-2019 and 2015-2020 sessions respectively.